Winner of the 2004 Poetry Monthly Booklet Competition.
apt subtitle would be Poems Ancient & Modern as each one shares
both categories in a way. Greek mythology is not my scene but I was
so impressed with the concept and skillful execution of these poems
that this collection had to be the winner of the 2004 Poetry Monthly
is a work of power, originality and individuality...
the jumping off point may be classical, Adams' voice and themes are
absolutley contemporary, and he manages to pull it off without any of
the usual akwardness or 'clunkiness' normally associated with such exercises.
Perhaps it is his sense of humour/wonder and refusal to take himself
too seriously - or perhaps it's his deft touch and the skillfulness
of his execution... Postcards is a delightful confection, and leaves
one looking forward to more work from this excellent poet."
coherence of theme (it is a concept album of a book) and the consistence
of the author's ironic voice throughout mark this as an outstanding
spare poems that suggest all-too-human origins for familiar myths and
comment gracefully, and with humour, on human fallibility... Adams'
precisely organised free-verse poems offer expansive conversations with
the contemporary. The idea of metamorphosis is central to these poems,
and transformations are accomplished with an economy of language that
focuses image as cleanly and crisply as a camera lens, allowing the
present to float easily on the past."
"...a well-constructed pamphlet"
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